Fishing and Recreation
Fishing Long Pine Creek, considered to
be one of the finest trout streams in America, draws anglers from
across the United States. Area lakes offer trout, bass, and crappie
fishing, both in the summer and winter.
Hunters recognize the area for some of the best wild
turkey, pheasant, and white tail deer habitat, hunters also come for
mule deer, quail, sharp tail grouse, prairie chicken, ducks and geese.
Tubing and Canoeing Pine Creek offers wonderful
tubing with its cool clear water and small rapids that even the most
novice would enjoy. Floating down the creek in an inner tube is
wonderful refreshment on a hot day. From Long Pine, canoeing is just
45 minutes away at the Niobrara River. Canoers often camp the first
night out at the Long Pine State Recreation Area, have an early
breakfast at Jeanie’s restaurant, get supplies at the grocery store
and head for the river. Some of the best kept secrets are the remote
lakes that are sprinkled throughout the Sandhills. Tube rentals
are available at The Pines and Hidden Paradise.
Long Pine State Recreation Area:
Just west of Long Pine off Highway 20, this recreation
area is nestled in pine-covered canyons. An outstanding trout stream,
spring-fed Long Pine creek, meanders past camping & picnic spots and
wooded trails. The creek’s cool clear water and rippling rapids are
perfect for wading, tubing, or fishing. Nebraska State Park
permits are available at the Nebraska Game & Parks
Office located in Bassett, Nebraska.
Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail:
This hiking/biking trail stretches from Norfolk to
Chadron. Locally, the trail features a scenic railroad bridge towering
over Long Pine Creek just a short walk from town.
Heritage House: Located in the
downtown area, this museum preserves Long Pine’s heritage. One room is
devoted to a panoramic model of Long Pine’s railroad heyday. Open by
Long Pine Downtown City Park:
Playground equipment, a regulation-size
tennis court and basketball court provide recreational opportunities.